January 30, 2019
Kyiv City Hall
Every year on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the United Nations urges every member state to look towards history and to honor the six million lives lost during a period of unparalleled depravity and inhumanity.
As the 20th century recedes further into history, our commitment to the preservation of the truth becomes ever more important.
These occasions give us a valuable opportunity to honor the memory of those who lost their lives or loved ones.
Today, we also renew our recognition of the value and dignity of each human life and reaffirm our ongoing and collective responsibility to shape a better future for generations to come.
At the dedication ceremony of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1993, Elie Wiesel said, “for the dead and the living we must bear witness.”
He continued, “for not only are we responsible for the memories of the dead, we are also responsible for what we are doing with those memories.”
The previous speakers gave us a lot to think about.
And today the United States joins Ukraine and all of you here today in reflection on what we have experienced, what we have lost, but also what we have gained, what we are experiencing today and what we need to do in order to build a better future for generations to come.
And we gather today so that we not only say the words, but that we live the words “Never forget. Never again.”